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Rwanda arrests rebel leader Sankara

NSABIMANA Callixte a.k.a Maj Callixte Sankara when he was still in South Africa and member of RNC led by Gen Kayumba Nyamwasa. (PHOTO/COURTESY)

KIGALI – Kigali administration says that Rwandan dissident Callixte Nsabimana is in custody and is expected to be formally charged before court soon.

Nsabimana aka Sankara was wanted over several offenses committed on Rwandan territory including the formation of an irregular armed group, complicity in committing terrorist acts, conspiracy, and incitement to commit terrorist acts, taking person hostage, murder, and looting.

He heads a terrorist group that calls itself FLN.

Major Sankara was part of a rebel operating from the Democratic Republic of Congo and in close cooperation with including Rwanda National Congress and FDLR fighting Kagame dictatorship.

Speaking at a press briefing on Tuesday the minister for foreign AFFAIRS and government spokesperson, Mr. Richard Sezibera, said that Mr. Nsabimana will face trial in coming days.

A statement by the Rwanda Investigation Bureau also confirmed on the same adding that Mr. Nsabimana’s case file will be submitted to the National Public Prosecution Authority in accordance with Rwandan criminal procedure.


Mr. Sezibera said that they had sought the cooperation of countries hosting fugitives hostile to Rwanda to help bring them to book.

A number of individuals fighting Kagame are currently based abroad where they sought asylum.

Among them include Paul Rusesabagina, Faustin Ntilikina, who is exiled in France; Kayumba Nyamwasa, based in South Africa; and David Himbara in Canada, among others.

Mr. Sezibera said that they would work with those host countries to have the wanted fugitives apprehended.

He said that Mr. Nsabimana was first of the many to be extradited to face trial in Rwanda.

However, when news about the incident surfaced, Mr. Rusesabagina appeared on American broadcaster VOA’s Kinyarwanda service on April 22, saying Sankara was safe.

He said government of Rwanda had sent a high powered delegation to Comoros to negotiate Sankara’s extradition, but that the Island had refused.

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